Rootead FAQs

What's the tea? General questions

Q: What is Rootead's mission?

A. Reclaiming the village through cultural liberation by holding spaces for internal transformation, healing arts & birthing justice.

Q: What does trauma-informed mean?

A: By asking “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?”, trauma-informed care seeks to realize the widespread impact of trauma and understand paths for recovery; Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in individuals; Integrate knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and actively avoid re-traumatization (source: Trauma Informed Care Implementation Resource Center). At Rootead, we believe that movement ranging from West African Dance and yoga can be transformative.

Q: Why the "tea" in Rootead?

A. When guests arrive at Rootead, they're typically offered a cup of tea. We believe in the transformative power of plants in general and tea in particular and in being rooted and grounded.

Youth & Cultural Arts questions

Q: How much does it cost to participate in the Rootead Youth Dance Company (RYDC) and Rootead Youth Drum Ensemble (RYDE)?

A. Nothing! These programs are funded by performance fees paid by the venues where these professional drum and dance companies perform. Auditions are held yearly in the fall. In 2021, auditions for both programs will be held on Oct. 1.

Q: Where do RYDC and RYDE perform?

A. Everywhere! We’ve performed at festivals and fairs ranging from the annual Black Arts Festival to the Fridays at the Flats food truck festivals, at schools and other area institutions, and even at businesses. You can request a performance at

Q: What drum and dance programs are available for younger children (ages 2-8)?

A. Rootead in Youth, whose 10-week fall program runs from October to December (with an online performance scheduled for Dec. 19). There’s also a spring program that runs from February - April. Cost for the 10-week program is $80, and scholarships are available.

Doula/Birthwork Questions

Q: I need this support in my life, but I can't afford to pay I out of options?

A. Most definitely not! Please contact us so we can create a plan together that feels mutually invested and beneficial..

Q:What about COVID? Are doulas allowed to attend my birth?

A. The COVID pandemic has required to us get creative and maintain flexibility with our expectations and support options. To date, we have been able to maintain support for our clients without interruption. We also recognize that the decisions that affect our ability to do so are largely out of our hands. As such, we have designed a line of Virtual Support options in addition to our more traditional packages.

Q: Can I choose one doula to work with and do your doulas have bios?

A. At Red Birth Green, we believe in the Alignment and Cohesion that comes from Flocking. Like birds, we move and support as a team so that no one is left behind. We understand that this is a different method of doula care than what most people are used to. We also understand that different doesn’t always work for everyone…and that’s okay! What we ultimately know is that different DOES work for someone and perhaps that someone is you. Our doulas are Reclaiming Birth certified and many have additional trainings and certifications as well. Certification is not required to be a doula or attend births in any state. If only working with one person is important to you, we recommend that you utilize our virtual support options.

Black & Brown Therapy Collective questions

Q: What is the mission of Black & Brown Therapy Collective?

A. Black and Brown Therapy Collective’s mission is connecting residents of color to therapists of color for the healing of racial trauma. The Kalamazoo Black and Brown Therapy Collective was created in response to community needs, through a partnership between TRHT Kalamazoo, Rootead, and local clinicians and advocates..

Q: What's the difference between a healing group and a support group?

A. Our healing group programs focus on offering embodied tools to heal grief and racial trauma. Whereas support groups often offer a space to revisit and relive trauma, our healing groups are focused on offering tools to heal.

Q: Why is it important for people to have access to health care providers (particularly mental health care providers) who look like them and understand their lived experience?

A. Studies indicate that patient outcomes improve when they have a doctor who looks like them for a multitude of reasons including systemic racism and prejudices within the healthcare system, mistrust of healthcare providers resulting from these prejudices, and simply avoiding having to translate one’s culture to their doctor or therapist.  

Radicle Questions

Q: What is Radicle?

A. Radicle is a safe, intergenerational space for LGBTQIA+ identified people, centering QTBIPOC voices, experiences and wellness. We offer healing spaces through art and communal gatherings as an initiative of Rootead. Much of our programming is open to all within the LGBTQIA+ community; however, we do also offer some programs exclusively for the QTBIPOC (queer and transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community.

Q: What do LGBTQIA+ and QTBIPOC mean?

A. LGBTQIA+ means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, and asexual and/or ally. QTBIPOC means Queer and Transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. QTBIPOC are acknowledged to encompass some of the most marginalized members of the  LGBTQIA+ community experiencing numerous forms of oppression including racism, ethnocentrism, xenophobia, queerphobia, and transphobia.

Q: How can I volunteer to serve on the Radicle committee?

A. If you are able to commit to 8 - 10 hours per month volunteering on the Radicle committee, we'd love to hear from you! Fill out the questionnaire at to volunteer or pass this link along to someone you know would be an asset to the mission!